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Trump appointee endorses Christine Wormuth as Army secretary

Trump appointee endorses Christine Wormuth as Army secretary
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Former U.S. Secretary of the Army under then-President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE, Ryan McCarthyRyan McCarthyVice News promotes Micheal Learmonth to editor-in-chief Trump appointee endorses Christine Wormuth as Army secretary Overnight Defense: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech MORE, on Thursday announced his endorsement of President BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE's pick to fill the role, Christine Wormuth.

Speaking to NBC News, McCarthy said he supports Wormuth because “she has the deep, strategic policymaking experience," adding that she is “uniquely suited to make the strategic decisions necessary.”

NBC reports that Wormuth reached out to McCarthy last month after her nomination was announced by the White House. McCarthy said they spoke for about two-and-a-half hours in person and had a "very nice discussion."

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Wormuth, who is the director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corp, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday for her confirmation hearing. If confirmed, she would be the first female Army secretary.

"Christine is a true patriot with a dedicated career in service to America and our nation’s security," Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense: Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military | Military guns go missing | New White House strategy to battle domestic extremism Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military: 'We are not weak' Overnight Defense: Biden participates in NATO summit | White House backs 2002 AUMF repeal | Top general says no plans for airstrikes to help Afghan forces after withdrawal MORE said when her nomination was announced. "I have no doubt that, if confirmed, she will lead our soldiers and represent their families with honor and integrity as the Secretary of the Army.”

"We need to get the wind at her back," McCarthy told NBC. "Making her successful is in everybody's best interest."

The former Army secretary told the outlet that Wormuth would face several challenges if confirmed, including fighting sexual assault in the branch, modernization efforts and budget pressures. He commended her for her "very calm temperament," which he said would be necessary to deal with the pressures of the job.